Tuesday, November 15, 2011
ORNL in the News

Kraken set to deliver two billionth CPU hour, sustains 96 percent utilization

(Physorg.com) Funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by the University of Tennessee's National Institute for Computational Sciences, Kraken is located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Kraken is one of the integrated digital resources of the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, successor to NSF's TeraGrid project...11/13

What a double at ORNL! Maksymovych wins Young Scientist & Top Scientist awards

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Petro ''Peter" Maksymovych, a 30-year-old physical chemist who's conducting research in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, was a big winner at the lab's annual awards dinner. He won not only the Early Career Award for Scientific Acomplishment, but also the Director's Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology....11/14

What it's like to play with the Jaguar supercomputer

(CNN) I flew to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., last week to "meet" Jaguar, the world's third-fastest supercomputer. OK, it wasn't quite as simple as that. I had to get special government clearance, go through a security checkpoint that was a full five miles away from the supercomputer, and then get briefed on how to behave around Jaguar ("just don't touch anything"). Got it...11/14

Cray to Take On Supercomputer After IBM's Exit

(Wall Street Journal) ...The Seattle-based company, which takes its name from the late supercomputer designer Seymour Cray, was also chosen in October for a $97 million upgrade to a system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that ranked third in a twice-yearly speed ranking of supercomputers...11/14

ORNL, companies showcasing 'wide-area 100 Gigabit Ethernet at conference

(Oak Ridger) The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Myricom, and Juniper Networks are demonstrating "wide-area" 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100 GbE) between the ORNL and Juniper Networks booths at SC11, the premier international conference on high performance computing...11/14

DOE

Three DOE Labs Now Connected With Ultra-High Speed Network That is 10 Times Faster Than Commercial Internet Providers

(DOE Press Release) The U.S. Department of Energy is now supporting scientific research at unprecedented bandwidth speeds – at least ten times faster than commercial Internet providers – with a new network that connects thousands of researchers using three of the world’s top supercomputing centers in California, Illinois and Tennessee...11/14

State & Regional

Tennessee-based IAC Helps Manufacturer Become More Energy Efficient

(DOE Press Release) ...Students at the TN 3-Star IAC work under the direction of faculty from Tennessee Technological University, East Tennessee State University and University of Memphis. Like IAC teams from across the U.S., they conduct energy efficiency audits of mid-size manufacturers in their area that analyze a plant’s energy, waste and productivity issues...11/14

National

As Iraq Hostilities End, Fate Of Combatant Unclear

(NPR) As the U.S. winds down operations in Iraq, national security officials have a big decision to make: what to do with a senior explosives expert captured by American troops five years ago...11/15

East Tennessee

Students adjust to more work, 'real-world' projects with ease at STEM Academy

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Though the school stresses science, technology, engineering and math, it strives to better prepare students for college and life through nontraditional means, said Becky Ashe, STEM's principal and former director of curriculum for Knox County Schools...11/15

 

energy & science policy

FY 2012 NASA/NIST/NSF Funding Bill Nearing Completion; Senate Debates Energy Bill

(AIP) If all goes as scheduled, later today the final version of the FY 2012 appropriations bill funding NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Science Foundation bill will be released...11/14

Inside Energy Extra

11/14 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Agencies await more short-term funding
- Alberta to weigh all oil options: leader
- Admiral to head offshore safety bureau
- Countries to cut some energy tariffs
- Nevada energy stimulus funding lags: IG

science & technology

Chimps’ Days in Labs May Be Dwindling

(NY Times) ...Biomedical research on chimps helped produce a vaccine for hepatitis B, and is aimed at one for hepatitis C, which infects 170 million people worldwide, but there has long been an outcry against the research as cruel and unnecessary. Now, because of a major push by advocacy organizations, a decision to stop such research in the United States could come within a year...11/14

Russia, The Next Silicon Valley?

(Forbes) Some time in the near future, Russia will no longer be known as a country whose growth depends on natural gas development. The future Russia is a tech powerhouse rivaling the brain trust and talents of Silicon Valley, says the country’s presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich during the APEC Summit in Honolulu this weekend...11/12

Carnivorous plant inspires super-slippery material

(New Scientist) A new material takes a cue from one of the plant world's few meat-eaters: the carnivorous pitcher plant Nepenthes. The plants prey on insects, whose oily feet normally allow them to walk up walls. But pitchers' tube-shaped leaves have microscopic bumps that hold a thin layer of water in place. The water repels the oils, sending hapless insects slipping straight into their gaping mouths...11/14

Other Stories

Iran’s nuclear plan revealed

(Nature) A report released last week by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran’s alleged research into nuclear weapons assembles old intelligence into the sharpest picture yet of the weapon that Iran hopes to develop...11/14